Vice President Kamala Harris Makes History in Senate with 32nd Tie-Breaking Vote
December 7, 2023
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Vice President Kamala Harris broke the previous record set by John C. Calhoun in the 19th century for the most tie-breaking votes cast in the U.S. Senate. Harris has now cast 32 tie-breaking votes, eclipsing Calhoun's record of 31 during his tenure as vice president from 1825 to 1832.
The latest tiebreaker occurred during the confirmation of Loren Alikhan as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia. As vice president, Harris serves as the president of the Senate, granting her constitutional authority to break ties Harris's accomplishment is noteworthy not only...